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Possible Sites for a community garden in the Pocket area (West of I-5)
February 15, 2015

For several years, neighbors have expressed an interest for a City community garden in the Pocket
area – west of I-5. Currently, City council district 7 has one City community garden at Valley High Park
(at the far east side of District 7. The closest City community gardens to the Pocket area are: Valley High
Park community garden (7.8 miles away) and Southside community garden (7.1 miles away). Like a
health club, a community garden will be used more if it is located close to where the gardeners live –
where they can walk or bike to the community garden.
Of the approximate 16 City parks in the Pocket area west of I-5, only 7 may have room for a community
garden – depending on the size of the garden. Plot size vary per garden but are based on 10x10 feet for
a small plot, to 10x15 or 10x20 for a large plot.

Small Garden: 1 - 15 plots (not recommend as this size of a garden is too small and the waiting
list does not move)
Medium Garden: 16 - 30 plots (0.15+ acres approx.)
Large Garden: 31 – 50+ (0.25+acres approx.)

Adding a community garden to an existing park is a fairly easy process as land would not have to be
purchased; but a change to the park master plan would need to be done along with a reports, public
comment and public meetings, and of course finding funding for the project (which could run $200,000+
depending on size, location, and construction issues for the site).
In determining whether a community garden can actually fit into an existing park, certain criteria must
be considered:
 Is the space already programed as a soccer/softball field, or?
 Is there space for a small, medium or large garden?
 Will it receive the 6-8 hours of sun required for vegetables to grow?
 Will trees need to be cut down?
 Pests / active habitats (gophers, birds)
 Is the site close to the street – not hidden?
 Access to parking?
 Are there apartments or a school nearby?
 Is there interest from the community for the community garden?
 Comments from neighbors or park users - talk to neighbors using the park when taking
inventory on the above.